Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti
Arusha | Tarangire National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Serengeti National Park
Your safari starts and ends from Kilimanjaro.International Airport.
The Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park are the main features of this 10 day safari into Tanzania. Starting in Arusha, the safari capital, you will spend one night at Arumeru River Lodge.
Arumeru River Lodge is a short drive from the airport and the city of Arusha. It’s secluded in an old coffee plantation in quiet surrounds. Take the time to explore the nearby rain-forest or just relax at the heated pool watching the antelope. Spoil your taste buds with the delicious cuisine at the onsite restaurant.
Oliver’s Camp has combined simplicity with discreet creature comforts and friendly staff. Expert guides will show you the wilderness beyond the camp. Enjoy twice daily game drives and discover this little known park. Night drives are also possible as are game walks. Birding in this park is also excellent. Explore the Silale Swamps overlooking a flood plain of the Minyoyo Pools, part of the Tarangire River. The area has a spectacular access to a high concentration of wildlife.
Lake Manyara National Park is one of the smaller in Tanzania. This landscape is lush and hosts baboons, monkeys and diverse bird life. The floodplains are home to the larger mammals like buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe. You might also see the famous tree climbing lions. For the birding enthusiasts there are over 400 species within the park.
Your Crater descent will be an early start to the day in order to avoid the influx of other vehicles. You will be amazed by this area, it is one of the most game-rich areas in the world. Explore the vast 300 square kilometre crater floor and stop for lunch under a shady trees. It’s best to have a packed lunch to make the very most of your time in this unforgettable landscape.
Sayari is on the Mara River and afford spectacular views of the migration crossing. Animals constantly wander through camp making for a tru Africa safari experience. Enjoy game drives morning and evening, walking safaris, bush breakfasts and cultural visits. Hot air balloon trips are available.
Read our Country Information for Tanzania and all the travel advice you may need.
If you are interested in the conservation of the parks and reserves you will be travelling to or would like to get involved then read more about the Masai Mara.
For your family safari consider visiting Ikuka Safari Camp or book in at one of the three Naibor Camps.
If you would like an action packed safari package to the Southern parks of Tanzania have a look at the Ruaha and Selous tour over 8 days.
How to Get There
Fly in to Kilimanjaro International Airport with KLM, Emirates, Qatar,Ethiopian and Kenya Airways.
You will be met on arrival by your safari driver for the short drive to your first accommodation at Arumeru River Lodge.
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Day 1 – Arumeru River Lodge
Meet your driver at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arumeru River Lodge for your overnight stay. Located just outside Arusha, Arumeru is the ideal location from which to start your safari adventure. Freshen up after your journey to Tanzania and unwind in the lush gardens – they are home to many Dikdiks, the smallest antelopes in Africa. These cute little animals can be observed at close range. Enjoy your first “wildlife encounter” by just walking in the tropical garden. After a delicious dinner, it’s an early night before your safari itinerary kicks off in the morning!
Day 2 – Oliver’s Camp
After an early breakfast, pack your bags and depart with your Asilia driver to Arusha Airport. Connect with your Air Excel flight to Kuro Airstrip in Tarangire National Park. On arrival at Kuro Airstrip, you will be met by your guide from Oliver’s. A welcome table will be set up either at the airstrip or a short distance away, with tea and coffee, cold drinks and snacks allowing you to relax while your guide briefs you on the surrounding area. A short game drive takes you into Oliver’s. Once in camp, lunch will be served with the opportunity to relax and settle into your new surroundings. After a siesta and afternoon tea, you will head into the bush for your first game drive. Return to camp in time to wash away the days adventure before enjoying dinner and drinks around the camp fire.
Day 3 – Oliver’s Camp
After an early breakfast in camp, meet your expert guide and head out into the bush on foot for a morning walking safari in Tarangire National Park. There is no better way to experience the wilderness of East Africa up close and personal than on foot with the sun rising above the horizon. The morning walk will last for around 3-4 hours (temperature dependent), offering the chance to spot giraffe, buffalo, elephant, gazelle and of course, the ever-present predators. A picnic lunch will be served under the shade of the large baobab tress that dot the landscape, before your journey back to camp a well-deserved siesta. The evening brings dinner in camp followed by whiskies and safari tales around the campfire.
Day 4 – The Highlands
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kuro Airstrip for your Air Excel flight to Manyara Airstrip. On arrival at Lake Manyara you will be met by a driver guide and transferred to Lake Manyara National Park. One of the smaller parks in Tanzania, Lake Manyara offers a microcosm of the safari experience to be found in Tanzania. The diverse landscape includes lush forest hosting baboons, monkeys and canopy dwelling birdlife and grassy floodplains that play host to larger mammals like buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe. Inland, one might find the famous tree climbing lions and herds of elephant. In addition to the wildlife, over 400 species of birds have been recorded within the park. Lunch is a packed picnic. In the afternoon, make your way up the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to The Highlands. While en-route, don’t forget to admire the spectacular views of the ancient volcanoes that make up the landscape. Once in camp, relax and unwind after your long drive. In the evening, a three course meal prepared by the fabulous chefs will be served in the dining room. Afterwards, enjoy a whisky in the Old Moti Bar or relax by the indoor camp fire in the lounge dome.
Day 5 – The Highlands
Wake up with the rising sun and begin the 40 minute drive from The Highlands to the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Look out for the zebra interspersed with the Maasai cattle as they are brought out to pasture, and the magnificent view down to the Ngorongoro Crater. You will spend the morning exploring the vast 300 sq km crater floor with the opportunity to spot one of the resident black rhino that are found here. You can see all of the Big 5 in the crater (rhino, lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo) alongside other herbivores grazing on the mineral rich floor. Lunch will be served on the crater floor, and in the afternoon, you may continue your exploration of the crater or perhaps visit one of the local Maasai communities close to camp, offering an insight into the traditional way of life that has defined this corner of East Africa for centuries.
Day 6 – Dunia Camp
After an early breakfast, pack your bags and meet your guide for your transfer to Manyara Airstrip. Here you will say farewell to your driver guide and connect with your Regional Air flight to Seronera Airstrip in the Central Serengeti. On arrival at Seronera you will be met by a resident guide from Dunia. A welcome table will be set up at either the airstrip or a short distance away. Once in camp you will have the opportunity to refresh and settle into your new surroundings before gathering at the dining area for lunch. You then have the choice to either relax in camp or head out on an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. Once back at camp you will enjoy a three course meal and a drink around the camp fire with fellow travellers.
Day 7 – Dunia Camp
After an early breakfast in camp, fetch your binoculars and camera and meet your guide driver and depart on a game drive in the Serengeti National Park. This central area of the Serengeti offers some of the best game viewing in Africa and you will have the opportunity to view the Big Five and countless other species. Enjoy a packed lunch from Dunia in a shady spot before heading back to camp. Once back at camp you will have the opportunity to relax and refresh before meeting everyone in the dining area for a three
course home cooked meal.
Day 8 – Sayari
After breakfast depart with your guide to Seronera Airstrip for your Regional Air flight to Kogatende Airstrip in the Northern Serengeti. On arrival at Kogatende you will be met by a resident guide from Sayari. A welcome table will be set up for you with a brief introduction into the surrounding area before heading off on a game drive, en-route to camp. Once at camp lunch will be served followed by a short siesta. You will then have the option of either relaxing in camp or heading out on an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. In the evening, dinner will be served under the stars, accompanied by your fellow guests in camp.
Day 9 – Sayari
After an early breakfast in camp fetch your binoculars and camera and meet your guide driver for a game drive in the Serengeti National Park. Watch out for the rhino that hide in the forests, the lion languishing on the kopjes and the elephants strolling across the plains. Enjoy a packed lunch from Sayari next to the river before heading back to camp. Once back at camp you will have the opportunity to relax and refresh before meeting everyone in the dining area for a three course home cooked meal. You can choose to enjoy a drink by the bar or the outside dining area.
Day 10 – Departure
Pack your bags and depart for Kogatende Airstrip for your Regional Air flight to Kilimanjaro Airport. You will then catch your connecting flight and bid farewell to your guide for your onward journey.